“Steve, I would prefer to forego your input since it most recently resulted in my brother becoming fat, unemployed and growing that supremely anti-social beard.”
Matt Weiner is the creator of one of the greatest TV shows of the last decade. And when you create a show like Mad Men, making the move to feature films is a double edged sword. Sure, you’ve probably got a much better chance of a studio green lighting your project and giving you the money to make it. Sure, you’ve probably got a much better chance of A-list actors taking your calls and reading your script. But the downside is, everyone’s gonna compare it to Mad Men. So, how do I think Are You Here compares to Mad Men?
Nah, that’s not what this is about at all. I tried really hard to judge Are You Here on its own terms and ignore the Mad Men connection. And now that I’ve seen Are You Here, I’m pretty sure Matt Weiner was determined to separate the two as much as possible as well. (more…)